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· December, 2013

Stories about East Asia from December, 2013

26 December 2013

Haze and Haiyan: Southeast Asia’s Deadly Disasters of 2013

Global Voices coverage of the transboundary haze pollution in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia; and the deadly impact of super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013

Chinese Challenge State Media's Rosy Take on Mao Zedong's Legacy

"Mao’s biggest crimes were the rectification movement expansion, which killed countless innocent intellectuals; the Great Leap Forward, which led millions of innocent people to starve; and the cruel Cultural Revolution..."

Killing of Two Demolition Officials by Chinese Veteran Farmer Wins Public Sympathy

The arrest of an old farmer for killing two men sent to evict his family in the east China city of Suzhou has provoked outcry on China’s social media.

Debate on the Translation of Christmas into Chinese

Victim of China's One-Child-Policy, 7-year-old Boy Plans Revenge

24 December 2013

South Korean Military Bans ‘Arirang’, Country's Iconic and Beloved Song

7 Things You Didn't Know About Japanese Food

The Bridge

Global Voices contributor Taylor Cazella, who recently moved from the US to Japan, introduces seven unexpected yet tasty foods from non-traditional Japanese cuisine.

Are Volunteer Programs Empowering — or Exploitative?

Let's ask the volunteers to find out! In many countries, volunteers fulfill important basic services for governments and charities.

7 Rallies that Rocked Southeast Asia in 2013

Several Southeast Asian governments were confronted with big street protests in 2013. In Thailand, street protesters are still actively pushing for the ouster of the incumbent government

Podcast: Contemporary Art in China

China’s Environmental News in 2013

Video:Mo Money, Mo Fazhan

Jon Stewart's Satire on China's Moon Landing Causes a Sensation

PHOTOS: Brutal Crackdown by 4,000 South Korean Police is Epic Failure

Over 4,000 South Korean riot police broke into the headquarter of the nation's 2nd largest trade union center without a search warrant, angering South Korean net users.

23 December 2013

Chinese University Professor Quits to Seek Academic Freedom

"I want to be responsible for my own life. The only thing you can change is yourself."

After 44 Years, Southeast Asian Games Return to Myanmar

Myanmar citizens are happy with their country's hosting of the Southeast Asian games. Netizens also tried to explain the minor riot that took place during one of the games.

10 Global Haiyan Relief Efforts That Touched Filipino Hearts

Small and big acts of kindness around the world have inspired typhoon survivors in the Philippines

22 December 2013

38 Million Chinese Abandon Pension Insurance

The falling number of people with insurance has revealed serous problems in China’s pension system.

21 December 2013

PHOTOS: Protesting South Korea's Election Manipulation in New York, Paris, London

South Koreans living abroad held candlelight vigils in New York, Paris and London this weekend, accusing the government bodies' manipulation of the latest presidential election